In Wake of London Attack, May Reacts to Trump's Tweets

'I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2017 1:23 PM CDT
British PM Says Trump's Tweets on London Attack Not 'Helpful'
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Newser) – Just hours after Friday's attack on the London Underground, the US president was tweeting his thoughts on the "loser terrorists" he said were responsible for it, also labeling them "sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard." But British Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Friday at Trump's remarks about the Parsons Green station attack, apparently exasperated at his premature comments when the UK police hadn't yet publicly ID'd a suspect or said a group had claimed responsibility. "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation," she said in what the Guardian noted was an "unusually critical" statement on Trump. London's Metropolitan Police also called his take "unhelpful" and "purely speculation."

Others felt similarly, with one former UK lawmaker calling Trump's tweets "dangerous and inappropriate," per the BBC. Trump didn't touch on May's scolding when he spoke outside of the White House later Friday, simply noting that "it's a terrible thing ... [that] just keeps going and going," adding that "we have to be very smart, we have to be very, very tough." He then proclaimed he'd call May right away, which he did shortly after. A Downing Street rep says Trump gave "condolences over this morning's cowardly attack," while the White House noted the president "pledged to continue close collaboration with the United Kingdom to stop attacks worldwide targeting innocent civilians and to combat extremism." (Read more Theresa May stories.)

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